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These Are The Most Powerful Caribbean Passports This Year
The Henley Global Passport Index has released its official rankings for 2022. The organization is the premier authority ranking the passports of all the countries in the world, according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. Based upon data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and supported by the Henley & Partners expert team of researchers, the Index is considered to be accurate and credible. According to the Index, these are the most powerful Caribbean passports this year:
Holders of Belizean passports can access 101 countries without the need to obtain a prior visa, allowing the nation to rank 10th in the Caribbean and 52nd globally on the Index.
Ranking at numbers eight and nine are the islands of Dominica and Grenada, which both come in on the global list at #33, for a three-way tie with Macao. Citizens of each of these nations enjoy visa-free access to 144 destinations.
Henley & Partners noted that nations offering residence and citizenship through investment programs continue to perform well on the Index. Dominica is a good example of this. The island’s recent waiver agreement with China enable citizens of both countries to travel back and forth without requiring a pre-departure visa.
7. St Lucia
St. Lucia ranked at number seven in the Caribbean and globally at #31, tying with the African island nation of Mauritius with visa-free access to 146 destinations.
6. Antigua and Barbuda
The fifth and sixth place spots go to Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago. These Caribbean nations tied with Costa Rica for the 30th position on the Henley Global Passport Index.
5. Trinidad and Tobago
Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, along with those of Antigua and Barbuda, can access 150 destinations worldwide without needing a prior visa.
4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Ranking globally at #29 and fourth in the Caribbean, citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines enjoy visa-free access to 151 destinations.
3. The Bahamas
The Bahamas ranks third in the Caribbean and 26th on the Henley Global Passport Index, it’s passport holders having visa-free access to 155 destinations.
2. St. Kitts and Nevis
With the second most powerful passport among Caribbean nations, St. Kitts and Nevis ranks globally at #25 with visa-free access to 157 countries worldwide.
Coming in at #23 on the Henley Global Passport Index, Barbados has the most powerful passport in the Caribbean. Citizens of the island can enjoy visa-free access to 161 international destinations.